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Fuel Cells Technology Fundamentals

Jurandir Primo, PE

This course brings the fundamentals for Fuel Cells Technology that is a brand new section of technology, which can convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, through a chemical reaction of positively charged hydrogen ions and can be combined with evolving technologies such as, solar heating, photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, biotechnology, desalination, etc. Manufacturing fuel cells are also used individually for buildings, vehicles, submarine and thousands of other applications.

A fuel cell is a device that generates electricity by a chemical reaction. Every fuel cell has two electrodes, one positive and one negative, called, respectively, the anode and cathode. The reactions that produce electricity take place at the electrodes. Every fuel cell has also an electrolyte, which carries electrically charged particles from one electrode to the other, and a catalyst, which speeds the reactions at the electrodes.

Hydrogen is the basic fuel, but fuel cells also require oxygen. One great advantage of fuel cells is that they generate electricity with very little pollution, as much of the hydrogen and oxygen used in generating electricity, combined to form a harmless byproduct, namely water. Hydrogen power fuel cell systems, are converted generally from water and natural gas. The hydrogen is used to run the fuel cells and produce electricity, also turning potential waste into usable energy.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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